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      08-30-2012, 03:20 PM   #177
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Nice job bro. It looks really good
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      08-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #178
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Nice Job. Thx so much~
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      09-14-2012, 02:23 PM   #179
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I joined the club...

I couldnt take the chrome buck teeth anymore... so, i sorta cheated. Went out and bought the buck teeth replacements from the BMW dealer (all of $25.00) but decided to paint the kidney's myself with black gloss paint with clearcoat.

This was a very easy job. VERY satisfying too. I separated the chrome around the grills and went to town with my Dremmel Multimax sanding off as much chrome as I could with 220 grit.

After 5 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear coat, i am confident it wont chip.

Thanks to all the forum members for all the pictures. It is VERY worthwhile.

Here it is albeit on a dirty car..
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      09-18-2012, 11:15 AM   #180
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Before (chrome) and after (used Plasti Dip - incase it didn't turn out good you can just peel it off). What do you guys think? BTW, thank you for this guide. Made it very very simple!!
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      09-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #181
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i cant wait to try this this weekend! very easy "first" mod.
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      09-25-2012, 01:47 AM   #182
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I did the plastidip thing, it doesn't look as good as real paint, but is very reasonable and is reversible.
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      10-01-2012, 10:51 PM   #183
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are the ones one RichP matte black?
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      12-05-2012, 10:58 PM   #184
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Awesome mod! Fantastic write-up!

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      12-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #185
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Great DIY write-up :-)
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      12-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #186
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Great DIY write-up
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      02-03-2013, 12:07 AM   #187
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I know it's been asked a few times, but I haven't seen a response yet. Anyone who's had this for a while experienced chipping at all? Especially with added clear coat?
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      03-01-2013, 02:41 AM   #188
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Thanks for the great thread
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      03-01-2013, 04:24 AM   #189
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Great write-up!
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      03-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #190
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Cool

Thanks soo much for this, I have been wanting to paint mine black, but hesitated on getting them out without breaking any plastic clips. I'll post a pic when the project if finished
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      03-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #191
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Before (chrome) and after (used Plasti Dip - incase it didn't turn out good you can just peel it off). What do you guys think? BTW, thank you for this guide. Made it very very simple!!
Looks good man! I am about to do the same with mine.
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      05-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #192
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Plasti-dip worked a treat on mine. Hasn't chipped and is reversable.
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      07-24-2013, 01:06 AM   #193
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thanks for the tutorial. did it today with my friend and it turned out great!
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      10-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #194
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Did this today on my 330i, thanks for the detailed instructions! I managed to take everything off without breaking any clips, and I also did the grill slats. I used plastidip on everything, 4 light coats gave me good even coverage with no runs. Looks great on my alpine white!
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      12-13-2013, 03:34 AM   #195
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Thumbs down WTF

I broke my effin 1 middle clip of the kidney grill i thought about removing the black torxs screws on the bumper on top the grill, it should be like that this stupid diy says to pull wtf???????
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      01-17-2014, 06:23 PM   #196
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I just pulled mine out 5 mins ago you need to push the tabs up while pullling out the grille don't just muscle it out like a monkey....and no tabs broken on mine looks mint still
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      03-06-2014, 11:30 PM   #197
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Good DIY, any tips for torx screws that are stripped?
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      03-11-2014, 11:26 AM   #198
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Good DIY, any tips for torx screws that are stripped?
Are you referring to the torx screws for the mustache part? Are they stripped or are they just spinning?

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=910387

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=506574
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